Originally posted by shodobe
I sit every moment I can. My knnes aren't as young as they once were. We have stools for everyone and I just scoot around when possible. I also don't need to face the table because "I hear all and see all" I do have a nack for hearing just about everything that is said up on the field, they usually don't talk about me. I did read somewhere in here awhile back where a manager wouldn't allow their circs to sit during a procedure. I would tell her to take a hike, my legs are too important. Mike
Mike, you and I think so much alike (as evidenced by this and previous posts) that I think we were separated at birth, or simply have identical personalities!
I've worked at places where management and the tight a**ed "Miss AORN" types have written "policies"which forbid sitting and reading.
Most of these types don't scrub and are not very good at circulating, so since their eyes must be glued to the field at all times, they assume we are all like them.
People like Mike and I, and many, many others are pretty darn good at anticipating the needs of the surgical team, because we play both roles (scrub and circulate.) We UNDERSTAND what's going on up at the field at any given second.
We KNOW what should be on the field, and it is either there or available in a heartbeat. We don't need to keep jumping up and down on command from the team, or leaving the room--if we don't see it in the room, we have it readily available BEFORE THE CASE STARTS. They generally have it BEFORE they need to ask.
People need to relax and not be so intense during cases. I've worked with circulators who knit and crochet during cases. I, for one, applaud them. Why the he** not, as long as they can hear what's going on?
Mind you, this was NOT a slam at AORN; just a comment on the very anal types who have to make a big production out of things that are really very simple.
These types LOVE to dictate policy, but would be hard pressed to tell a vascular stitch from a retention stitch, or a bowel clamp from a Balfour. When the surgeon yells out "Sweetheart!" they think he is talking to them, and jump up and say, "Yes, Doctor?" When they realize he was asking for a retractor, they act all cute and giggly. CLUELESS. And these are the people creating policy and procedure manuals.
Get organized before a case starts, and sit as much as you can, even when you prep.
There will be plenty of cases (traumas) where you'll never get a chance to sit down. I agree with Mike: save your legs for those times.